Bus routes are created to enhance student safety while maximizing vehicle efficiency. Fewer bus stops helps with bus maintenance, fuel cost, etc. Bus routes are designed to keep the ride time to a minimum for as many students as possible. TCS attempts to establish bus stops at central locations to gather as many students as possible to that location. School bus stops are situated so as to allow students to wait off the main roadway for the bus if at all possible. Stop locations are determined by analyzing the following:
- population density within a given neighborhood
- bus stopping safety considerations
Stops are spread as far apart as policy will allow in order to decrease the number of stops each bus will make on its route, thus minimizing riding time for the students. TCS endeavors to make bus stops that are at least 0.2 miles (Elementary), 0.3 (Middle School), 0.4 (High School) apart unless there is a danger such as a blind hill, blind curve or main thoroughfare.